FiveThirtyEight are sharing the data and code behind some of their articles. A goldmine for those wishing to learn more about data science.
R comes with a range datasets that can be used when learning the basics or trying out a new approach/package. mtcars and weather` are popular choices. However, most of the common datasets are “toy” examples. They are great for practising basic techniques, but are useless when it comes to realistically simulating data science tasks. The […]
My paper on visualizing dynamic networks has just been published in the Handbook of Research Methods in Complexity Science. There’s a discount code for those purchasing in the next three months—VIP35.
Choosing the right type of chart is an essential part of producing an effective data visualization. It’s pointless adding bells and whistles to something that’s fundamentally unsuited to the message you are trying to convey. The Financial Times Visual Journalism team have a Visual Vocabulary tool that helps them choose the correct chart for a […]
People can’t get their heads round very large (or small) numbers. This results in us being unable to reason about rare events or things that happen over long periods of time. When I was a child, my parents wanted me to walk to school through woodland rather than along the busy road. Makes sense—roads are […]